A balancing act for farmers
Hay-makers face a tough battle to win this year’s competition
WHOEVER wins this year’s hay-making competition at the Monto Show will be a very good farmer indeed, Monto’s Rob Bygrave believes.
The defending champion of the 2014 hay event said the season had been tougher than usual for any hay-making competitors.
“It’s been a very ordinary year this year,” he said.
“I have hay in the shed but it’s all rain damaged.
“It’s all due to the flood, but I was talking to a couple of guys and we were sort of saying how it’s all been a balancing act this year, with all the showers so close together.”
While Mr Bygrave said he could usually manage one or two good cuts of lucerne a year, this year “has not been a good one for quality”.
“But I’m sure I’ll find something to enter, just to keep up with it,” he said.
Moonford farmer Arthur Maynard even dubbed 2015 as the “worst hay-making year ever, by far”.
“It hasn’t been a real kind year for making hay,” he said.
But despite the gruelling conditions, the farmer still liked his chances at leaving the 2015 hay-making arena victorious.
“I dare not ever lay claim to saying I will win, because I certainly have enough respect for other growers out there,” he said.
“But I’ll be competitive. I wouldn’t be surprised if I won. I do lay claim to being one of the best, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be the best on the day.
“All it would take is for two or three heavy fogs for me not to have any good looking hay.
“There’s a lot of things that affect your hay.”
Arthur Maynard I dare not ever lay claim to saying I will win, because I certainly have enough respect for other growers...
SURVEYING FIELD: Arthur Maynard hopes the weather holds out long enough for him to make some show-worthy hay.